The 13th Floor

Films 

Ready To Get Nostalgic With This ROGUE ONE VHS Inspired TV Spot?

Never underestimate the power of the force. Nor the sheer will and talent of STAR WARS fanatics. Case in point, just last week, we saw a super-fan, and mighty fine editor, put together the closing moments of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and the beginning of STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE into […]

Films 

No, THE CRAFT is Not a Feminist Film

Spiked collars. Heavy eye makeup. Upside-down cross earrings and rosaries worn as necklaces. These are timeworn cultural symbols of rebellion and outsiderhood. The 1996 film THE CRAFT was full of these juicy plastic goodies – superficial signifiers of otherness that sang to my adolescent spirit at the time of the movie’s release (I was fourteen […]

Films 

Are We Stuck in the ’80s? The Pros and Cons of Horror Nostalgia

As it has been stated by a slew of critics over the course of cinema history, horror is the one genre that will never die. In terms of mainstream cinematic entertainment, other trends fall in and out of fashion, and certain genres rise and fall at the mercy of popular opinion. Horror, however, has always […]

Films 

Slashback! Remembering Siskel & Ebert’s Misguided 1980 Anti-Slasher Campaign

Before I launch into this week’s column, I want to make one thing very clear: I have always had and still maintain the utmost respect and admiration for America’s most famous film critics — Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Not one episode of their PBS series SNEAK PREVIEWS, which ran from 1975 to 1981, was missed in […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Gregory Burkart Explains Why This is the Scariest Movie Teaser of All Time

You might find this hard to believe, but… when I was a kid, I was too scared to even think about watching a horror movie. Any horror movie. It’s not like I wasn’t morbidly fascinated with monsters and maniacs; it’s an odd quirk of human nature that we tend to become obsessed with the things […]

Scary Fun Toys 

My Pet Monster: The Best ’80s Toy Of Them All

Many of the things us horror fans hold near and dear experienced golden times in the 1980s, which is why so many of us look back so fondly on that glorious decade. Not only did slasher films reach the apex of their popularity – and awesomeness – but so too did monster movies reign supreme […]